The e² Young Engineers Story
The inspiring story of e² Young Engineers starts with the experience of founder and managing director, Amir Asor. As a child with learning disabilities, Amir had a hard time in school and found that traditional teaching methods weren’t a good fit for him. Amir received little encouragement from his teachers, who did not think he would amount to very much.
Despite low expectations, Amir enrolled at The Open University of Israel, where he realized his potential, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science. Determined to overcome his learning disability and thrive as a college student, Amir found that he was able to teach himself difficult concepts using a hands-on approach that was better suited to his learning style. Having accomplished the unthinkable, Amir was determined to make a difference in the lives of children by offering an alternative edutainment-based approach to learning math, science and engineering. It was the combination of the failure of the traditional education system and his realization that he and many others learn differently that started him on the path toward what would become e² Young Engineers.
In 2008, at the age of 23, Amir introduced e² Young Engineers, a supplemental education program that teaches children critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through LEGO® robotics, to eight local centers in his community. Amir achieved great success with these initial classes, and before the end of 2009, his programs had expanded to over 90 educational centers, demonstrating astronomical growth.
In 2011, Amir, the student his teachers said would never amount to much, was awarded by Prince Charles with the Youth Business International Entrepreneur of The Year honor, highlighting the impact e² Young Engineers has made on individual students and their communities.
In an effort to provide children across the world the opportunity to benefit from the e² Young Engineers program, the company began franchising the business in 2012. In less than 18 months, e² Young Engineers recruited 10 local franchisees in Israel in addition to 11 franchisees throughout the globe.
Today, e² Young Engineers is dedicated to sharing its unique method of edutainment across the globe. e² Young Engineers currently has over 50,000 students participating in their programs in 20 countries and across five continents with more in development.
Introducing Young Engineers Nairobi Kenya
Young Engineers Nairobi Kenya is made up of a dynamic and vibrant team who are passionate about encouraging and teaching tomorrows leaders, the principals of science, technology, engineering and maths through having fun with LEGO® bricks & robotics!
About the Owner:
Nikki Haami-Jones is the Managing Director and Owner of Young Engineers Brisbane Metro. Nikki is driven by extending and improving her capabilities through learning something new every day – skills that she wants young people to learn and adapt through the Young Engineers program in an exciting and fun environment that stimulates their minds.
Nikki is a mother who has independently raised her 12-year-old daughter whilst studying a double degree in Commerce and Business and also building a career in project management for construction and major telecommunication companies. Through Nikki’s life experience, she became fascinated with the mechanics of engineering and the evolution of technology. This has lead her to encourage young people to embrace the principals of the STEM skill set through the Young Engineers programs so that they can benefit from knowing the power of creativity – not just for their STEM development but also to show them that regardless of their background, there are no limitations to their capabilities. Nikki has partnered with Young Engineers to give the children, young people and students of Brisbane the opportunity to BUILD YOUR TOMORROW. TODAY.